Continuity and Change in the East Asian Security Architecture



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The current Southeast Asian security governance system consists of bilateral and multilateral elements. On the bilateral level „traditional" security alliances between the United States and specific Southeast Asian states such as the Philippines and Thailand are located. Apart from these established security alliances lessbinding links such as the security partnership between Singapore and the US but also emerging relationships with countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia are to be found. Traditional allies and potential new partners of the US in Southeast Asia perceive their respective security links inter alia as a leverage to counterbalance the rise of China while having cooperative economic relationships with it. Security institutions or fora such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM Plus constitute the multilateral component of this architecture or security governance system. The United States willingness to complement its bilateral engagement is exemplified by its accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2009 and to the East Asia Summit in 2010, the accreditation of David Carden as America´s first ambassador to ASEAN in 2011 and various US-ASEAN Summit meetings 2009 onwards. Against this background this seminar seeks to answer the following question: How can we explain phenomena of change and continuity in the Southeast Asian regional security governance system on the bilateral and multilateral level? From this central question one can derive the following subset of research questions: How do systemic factors (geopolitics, rise of China, pivot of the US) contribute to the current Security Architecture? Will China supersede the USA in its role as predominant power in this architecture and how would it look like if this would be the case?

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Sutter, Rober G. (2008), TheUnited States in Asia, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield; Buckley, Roger (2002), The United States in the Asia-Pacific since 1945, New York: Cam-bridge University Press; Tow (2003), Asia-Pacific Strategic Relations, Cambridge; Roger C. Thompson (1994), The Pacific Basin since 1945, Longman

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